Winterfolk XI - 2013

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Winterfolk Showcase + International Folk Alliance Conference

Winterfolk, The Great Indoor Music Event - now in its
11th year
- is partnering with The International Folk
Alliance Conference in Toronto.

Toronto's Winterfolk Festival is looking for at least 10 Sonicbids
to fill showcase stages February 14-18, 2013, which will also include one or more spots in the our showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference Feb 20-24th, 2013.

Presenting more than 200 artists over three days in downtown Toronto, the ease and accessibility of Winterfolk's programming makes it a haven for booking agents, promoters, and media. Every year, talent scouts from venues such as Harbourfront, City of Toronto Events, and the Canadian National Exhibition attend Winterfolk's showcases. It is not uncommon for live TV such as CBC or City TV to show up and film segments for the evening news or ‘What’s On’ entertainment section.

Check out a few videos from past Winterfolk festivals.

Past Winterfolk performers include JUNO, Toronto Independent Music, and Canadian Folk Music Award-winners. Other past performers have gone on to
book international tours a result of their showcases, in addition to
receiving coverage from major media outlets.

All selected artists will receive the following:
  • A paid 45-minute set and a minimum of one additional shared set as part of a workshop or seminar; there are 10 slots reserved exclusively for Sonicbids artists.
  • Full Winterfolk Festival publicity and promotion! Selected
    artists will have their pictures and/or bio featured on the
    , in print advertisements, flyers, the Winter folk
    program guide, and in other applicable forms of promotion.

  • Radio spot and interview consideration. Your band's name and contact info will be sent to press lists for inclusion in radio and other media. In addition, press and other prominent industry people will be alerted to your set times and locations. Last year, 24 performers were booked for radio and TV interviews, and the festival was featured in all major newspapers, including ‘Hot Ticket of the Week’ in Now Magazine (over 100,000 circulation).

  • Artist passes for access to the stage, backstage, and
    hospitality privileges
    valid for the duration of the festival.
    You will also receive passes to attend private artist parties and
    an information session

  • A spot in the festival's merchandise area; Winterfolk will take
    care of sales for all of your merch-related products.

  • At least one artist will be featured in Winterfolk’s showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference Feb 20-24th, 2013 (artists need to register with Folk Alliance as delegates).

  • Please visit for complete details.

For the second year, Winterfolk will now be hosted in various venues throughout the luxurious Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto. It is the largest hotel in Canada, offers comfortable seating, good sightlines, excellent acoustics, and is ideally suited to present blues and roots music.

Winterfolk will do everything they can to ensure that your festival weekend is a rewarding personal and musical growth experience, and a large step forward in your career. The event will also include workshops for guitar playing, songwriting, industry seminars for musicians, and more. Genres include, but are not restricted to: singer/songwriter, roots, blues, acoustic, folk, ethnic, pop, world, native, country, and children's.

Winterfolk is committed to offering performance opportunities and public exposure to new or emerging artists - and all artists with little or no festival experience. Winterfolk is a division of 'The Association of Artists for a Better
World' (,
a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


  • "On The Beat Folk Fun"

    From Tandem Magazine

    WINTERFOLK: It was heartening to see a full house at The Black Swan for the Saturday afternoon performances that were part of the free Winterfolk festival that featured over 100 artists in four venues in the Danforth/Broadview neighborhood. Our congrats to all involved in the still-growing success story that is Winterfolk.


  • "Bluesin' at Winterfolk"

    Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Magazine

    Blues has always been a large component of Winterfolk programming since the onset. The line-up of blues artists for 2009 is another stellar one, including such highly regarded artists as Maple Blues nominee Treasa Lavesseur delivering her soulfully crafted songs with sincerity and sass; Mapleblues Lifetime Achievement award winner Danny Marks, host of the weekly Saturday Blues show on Jazz 91.9 FM and an acclaimed songwriter, and more.


  • "Winterfolk"

    Reprinted from Canadian Jewish News

    CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS: Feb 5 2009- The Winterfolk Roots and Blues Festival features more than 80 artists performing roots and blues music in four venues over three days. Artists include Danny Marks, Dave Borins, Mose Scarlett, Treasa Levasseur, Bob Snider, Al Lerman, Noah Zacharin, Howard Gladstone and artistic director Brian Gladstone. The venues are at the corner of Danforth and Broadview avenues and most events are free. Feb. 13 to 15.


  • "Seventh annual Winterfolk Festival brings warmth to the

    From Toronto Community News

    About the only thing the seventh annual Winterfolk roots/folk/blues
    festival coming to the Danforth over the Feb. 13 to 15 weekend can't offer you is warm weather and the outdoors. But what it can offer is plenty of the music you would hear at a summer festival - all in the warmth of a couple pubs on the Danforth between Broadview and Chester subway stations.